Monday 24 December 2012




Tuesday 18 December 2012


Beth Paterson

Beth Paterson, a member of Eastwood Golf Club, has been nominated as the new Chairman of the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association.
After four years in the post, Shona Malcolm is set to step down and Beth’s nomination is set to be ratified at the SLGA’s Annual General Meeting at the Gannochy Suite, Dewars Centre, Perth on January 19th

The Chairman’s term of office is three years, although Shona served an additional year to provide continuity in a period of staff and officer changes in 2012.

 Beth is a single figure handicap golfer and has a wealth of experience in the ladies’ game. She has already served the SLGA as both Chairman of Training and Performance Director.     She was Eastwood Club Captain in 2000.

Beth also went on to Captain Renfrewshire County in 2006 and 2007 and showed her commitment to the girls’ game with a nine year period as her club’s Junior Girls’ Convener and three years as County Junior Secretary. Good enough to earn a place in Renfrewshire county squad, Beth provided early evidence of her willingness to give something back to golf.

 At just 17, she served on the committee at her original home club of Brodick on the Isle of Arran.  “I’m looking forward to new challenges as Chairman after the AGM and progressing the ongoing discussions with Scottish Golf Union on amalgamation,” she said.

  Amalgamation Update, December 2012
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Lanarkshire's Rachael Taylor is going to the USA

Rachael Taylor - Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for photograph
Germany-based Rachael Taylor, daughter of a Scots-born pro over there, has accepted a golf scholarship at the University of North Carolina State at Raleigh, North Carolina.
She will enrol on January 7.
Airdrie-born Rachael has paid regular visits to Scotland over the years.
She won the Lanarkshire County Championship in 2011 and was top seed for the match-play stages this past season but lost in the quarter-finals.

Monday 17 December 2012


The SLGA Annual General Meeting will take place on 19 January 2013 at 11.00am at the Dewars Centre in Perth.

 The documents for the SLGA 2013 AGM were sent to all Counties and affiliated Clubs on Friday 14th December.

 They included the Audited Accounts for year ending 30 September 2012, the minutes from the 2012 AGM, the notice and agenda for 2013 AGM along with the 2012 Board and LGU reports.


Helen Faulds receives a score calculator as a Christmas Present !!!!!!
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Ranfurly Castle Ladies Christmas Get Together

Vicky is the best Festive Outfit Winner
12 ladies played 6 holes in the Christmas Stableford last Wednesday in wintry conditions.The results were very close with Helen Crichton, Karin MacKenzie, Joy McLeod and Vivien Howe just winning. 

The Christmas Lunch was enjoyed by nearly 40 ladies.  As usual, there was a lot of chat and festive cheer.  Moira Wilson won the lucky chair prize and Vicky Rennie won the festive outfit prize.

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Thursday 13 December 2012

SGU December e -Bulletin

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Welcome to the December edition of the SGU Club e-bulletin, keeping you and your committee up-to-date with the latest news, services and resources for affiliated clubs across Scotland. It may be a quiet time of year on the playing side, but there is much activity going on behind the scenes both at clubs and here at The Duke's as we plan ahead to the 2013 golf season.
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This month's SGU Committee Update features a look at how your club can prepare for competitive golf this winter – weather pending of course, the opportunity to win a round at Turnberry by taking part in the National Golf Monitor and details of funding available to assist you with the installation of internet tee-time booking.  »Find out more
Joint Group Re-Established to Progress Amalgamation Discussions
The process for exploring the possible amalgamation of the SGU and SLGA has moved forward with the re-establishment of a Joint Group while Alastair Thornton, a Sheriff (Kirkcaldy) and former solicitor, has been appointed the new independent chair of the group.  »Find out more
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Nominations for this year's RBS Junior Club of the Year are now open, with £1500 up for grabs to the winning club, while we are also looking for your club's unsung heroes for the RBS Volunteer of the Year Award, offering a prize of £500 for the club and £100 for the top volunteer. Shortlisted finalists will be invited as guests to the prestigious Scottish Golf Awards, where the winners will be presented on stage alongside some of the leading names in the game.  »Find out more
Club Seminars Back on the Road in January
Our club seminars, hosted by our Development Officers Claire Middleton, Iain Evans and John Kemp with the support of Kevin Fish, have been a big success with 168 clubs and nearly 400 delegates attending to date. We have five more to follow in the New Year. Don't miss out – book your place now! »Find out more
Make Sure your Club's Details are Updated on SGU Golf Central

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With golfers already planning their outings and open competitions for 2013, now is the time to ensure your Club's details are up-to-date on the popular SGU Golf Centralsection of our website. With 27,000 unique users per month, the website provides your club with free marketing to prospective customers and a great way of connecting with an enthusiastic golf audience. If you need a reminder of your log-in details for SGU Golf Central, please contact Audrey Rees, Marketing Administrator on 01334 466481 or
Look Back on the Golfing Year with the Scottish Golf Press
SGU TV caught up with The Scotsman's Martin Dempster, The Herald's Nick Rodger, The Courier's Steve Scott and Daily Express writer Jock MacVicar, who swapped their pens for the lens to give us their views and light hearted anecdotes on a very successful year for Scottish Golf.  Definitely worth a view of their rare TV appearance...  »Find out more
Take Advantage of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013
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VisitScotland's third of four focus years will be 'Year of Natural Scotland' providing the opportunity to celebrate our reputation as a land of outstanding beauty and promote ways in which visitors can enjoy our beautiful landscapes, wildlife and heritage responsibly. A range of marketing tools are available to clubs to help them capitalise, while a Growth Fund will support marketing projects aimed at increasing tourism spend while showcasing natural heritage.  »Find out more
PGA Coaching Audit Now Live in Scotland
We would like to invite clubs to encourage their PGA professionals, assistant professionals and volunteer coaches to complete a short questionnaire, designed by the PGA to gain a better understanding of the coaching landscape in Scotland. Its findings will ensure the PGA can better support coaches and inform future coaching plans centred on retaining more adult and junior golfers.
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Proposed Rules of Golf Change to Prohibit Use of Anchored Strokes
The R&A and USGA have announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke and preserve the nature of 'the Stroke' as the swinging of the entire club at the ball.  The proposed new Rule 14-1b, would:
  • prohibit strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly against the player's body, or with a forearm held against the body to establish an anchor point that indirectly anchors the club
  • not alter current equipment rules and would allow the continued use of all conforming golf clubs, including belly-length and long putters, provided such clubs are not anchored during a stroke
Prior to taking a final decision on the proposed Rule, which would take effect on 1 January 2016, the R&A and the USGA will consider any further comments and suggestions from throughout the golf community. »Find out more
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
We would like to wish all club managers, secretaries and committee members all the best for the forthcoming festive season and thank you for continued support of the SGU during the past 12 months. Here's to a prosperous 2013 for all clubs in Scotland...  
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The process for exploring the possible amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) has moved forward with the re-establishment of a Joint Group tasked with developing an amalgamation proposal.
Substantive discussions on the formation of a single governing body for amateur golf in Scotland can now resume in a positive atmosphere.
Alastair Thornton, a Sheriff (Kirkcaldy) and former solicitor, has been appointed as Independent Chairman of the Joint Group. Thornton, a keen golfer, was for many years a partner in the Edinburgh solicitor practice, A abd W M Urquhart, where he specialised in litigation and mediation. He is also Past President of the Law Society of Scotland.
The SGU chairman, Tom Craig, said: “The SGU, in partnership with the SLGA, is committed to working towards a unified body in the Home of Golf.
“There is a great deal of common ground, and both bodies are ready to re-commence detailed consideration by means of a Joint Group. Alastair Thornton’s credentials are impressive and we look forward to working with him.”
Shona Malcolm, SLGA Chairman, added: “Alastair expressed an enthusiasm for being involved in the process. He is an excellent choice for this role and we are confident that our discussions, as a Joint Group, will enable us to progress this already lengthy amalgamation process to a conclusion which is in the best interests of Scottish amateur golf.”